Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


Our canteen offers brightly coloured seating areas with a choice of tables, chairs, stools and bar-top areas.

There’s a variety of tasty, healthy 'dish of the day' choices, on a three-week cycle, including meat and vegetarian main options such as:

  • Three Cheese Tortellini with Tomato and Crème Fraiche
  • Moroccan Tagine of Lamb with Cous Cous
  • Crispy Battered Fillet of Fish with Home-Made Tartar Sauce and Chunky Chips
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice
  • and Goats Cheese, Leek and Tomato Tart with New Potatoes.
Download our sample menus. Week one is pictured below.
Meal week 1
Every day we also offer a daily range of regular favourites including a trattoria pizza selection, pasta and toppings, jacket potato with hot and cold fillings, seasonal salad bar, chicken wraps, burritos, plus fresh fruit, yoghurt and hot and cold drinks.
Deserts include apple and blackberry crumble, orange polenta cake, wild berry fool with shortbread, and chocolate brownie, plus a selection of tasty, fresh, home-baked cakes and treats.

Free school meals

There are many benefits to claiming free school meals. Firstly, your daughter will receive free meals that have a retail value of £462 per year. Secondly, there is a huge reduction on the price of some trips for students who are eligible for these meals. Thirdly, there are many things such as Maths and English tutors, other trips, study support, Chill Zone etc that the Academy is only able to provide for students because of the funding we receive which is linked to free school meals. 

Therefore, the more students who claim these meals, the more funding is received.  The way we use this funding is all published on our website, as it is for every school. Your daughter is eligible for free school meals if you or your partner gets:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Applying for free school meals is extremely straightforward.  We use the website www.myfreeschoolmeals.com. There is an APPLY button on this website. Once you have applied, your application will be checked and we will be notified in about 24 hours as to whether you have been approved for the benefit. We would strongly encourage you to do this if you are eligible.

Answers to questions you may have.

Why do prices go up?

The main meal price has remained the same for two years.

Why do you make portions the size they are?

We are governed by the government food standard policy on portion sizes.

Why do you not sell sweets?

It is not Harris Federation policy for under 16 year olds to be able to purchase sweets.

Is any of the food halal?

Yes,we are able to offer many halal products. Please speak with the manager for the daily choice.

Do you offer food from different cultures?

Yes, as reflected in our menus.

How do you provide a balanced meal on a daily basis?

All of our menus are checked and produced by our development and nutrition teams before they are used by any school.

Can you explain how free school meals work?

A free school meal allows a lunch time meal to the amount governed by the local council.

What should I do if I think the wrong amount of money has been taken off my card?

Please report to the manager and they will investigate.

What seasonings are you allowed to put in to food?

Herbs and spices but no salt!

How do we know the allergy advice for each food product being sold?

Please ask the manager at the counter and they will be able to provide all allergy reports for the items sold.

How do we know what the cost of the items are?

A daily tariff is displayed at the counter.

Why is there a £5.00 daily limit on our spend?

The Harris Federation set the daily limit at all Harris academies.

Why are prices as high as they are?

The main meal price has remained the same for two years.

Why do we have to pay for our school meals?

Only Key Stage 1 pupils, between 4-7 years old, are entitled to a free meal.

How are the menus selected?

They are created by Chartwells development chefs and our nutritional teams.

Is there an opportunity for students to request items to be added to the menu?

Yes, usually via a Student Council Meeting or in person to the manager who will advise our development team.

How do you make sure that you provide food for all allergens?

All our menus are nutritionally balanced and all allergens are checked and listed on our allergen reports.

How do you follow hygiene standards in the kitchen?

All our staff are trained on the correct standards and methods regarding hygiene.